Hi Lauz 329 . This is Justinealexx’s daughter Emily here . I’m so sorry you’ve had to go through this too.
As my mum said, I am completely against steroid treatments. As amazing as they appear to work, reducing or even removing the appearance of the psoriasis spots , they are only masking the symptom of the condition and not actually treating the underlying cause. Psoriasis does have a genetic element, that is very clear. However , we are born with our genes and yet my psoriasis didn’t appear until I was 19 ? To me that shows that something must have triggered that gene to suddenly turn on . And if it can be turned on , then it CAN be turned back off again . Now , in my case, the trigger was definitely emotional stress. Stress is not just mental , it creates a physical , acidic environment in the body and I believe this physical change actually effected my genes , triggering the psoriasis.
My healing journey is focused on reducing the acidic environment in my body through diet and regular , gentle exercise . It’s important not to go to hard with the exercise as this can cause the muscles to release lactic acid which has the opposite effect to what you’re working for. If you are interested in really trying a new diet regime to help your skin , I 100% recommend that you look up Hanna Sillitoe ( my goodness recipes). You will find her on Instagram , YouTube and an online blog. She is inspirational and can give you loads of advice and motivation towards healing naturally (no more drugs) . If you’re open minded and interested in a holistic approach to healing , I also recommend that you watch the documentary HEAL on Netflix . A particular person of interest featured on there of mine is Joe Dispenza . He focuses on the connection between the mind and body . I realise that your trigger , as with lots of people, was a strep infection . I believe Hanna Sillitoe suffered similarly and diet helped her too , it can help everyone .
Now I am NOT saying that people shouldn’t use steroids . Everyone needs to find their way of dealing with their psoriasis. It is a very personal condition and it’s important that you find what works for you. However , for me personally , at the age of 19 , I couldn’t face having to apply steroids all over my body everyday for the rest of my life . This is what the doctor actually suggested I might have to do . And even worse , if this stopped working , which it might , I’d have to go onto strong immunosuppressants which would leave me vulnerable to other diseases and infections , making life even more horrible .
I urge anyone to try diet if they can . I know the doctors say it has no impact and that psoriasis is a lifelong, incurable condition that can only be managed . But, please please please , look up Hanna Sillitoe and other similar bloggers . They show you that it is possible and it’s not faked . There are real testimonials everywhere you just have to believe that healing is possible and that’s the first stage . Yes , healing naturally will take a lot longer to see improvement than steroids but that’s because you will actually be healing the underlying cause, not just masking the symptom and this means possibly undoing years of damage to your body AND mind .
In answer to your question about the itching . After originally stopping the steroids , I will not lie to you , I suffer extreme itching for a couple of weeks . I couldn’t stop scratching ! I recomend bathing in Dead Sea salts and exfoliating gently before you sleep . If your skin is cracked or sore then bathing in oat can be very soothing . Put some oats in some tights (stockings) and run the water through them as you fill the bath . It will make the water look milky , but can be very soothing . Then apply coconut oil to dry skin and sleep that way . Note that refined coconut oil can create a nasty smell on some people’s skin , so unrefined , extra virgin is better if you can find it.
I apologise for the long message and I hope nobody feels that I am forcing them to ditch their medications . If they work for you and allow you to live your life the way you want to then please carry on using them , the most important thing is that you can live your life without your psoriasis controlling you. But changing your diet, although demanding a lot of self-control, will not do you any harm and if it could actually heal you then I didn’t see why I shouldn’t try it , and it is working for me !
I wish you the best . Please anyone feel free to contact me if you want any more information . I would be happy to help you and direct you to people who can help you further .
Stay well x